Sri Lanka

Support for internally displaced people Emergency appeal n° MDRLK002 Operations Update n° 12

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Ops Update: 13 April to 30 November 2012

Appeal target (current): CHF 23.3 million

Appeal coverage: 35 per cent based on current revised appeal budget

Appeal history:

· Emergency Appeal: This was initially launched on 12 April 2010 for CHF 3.6 million as a preliminary basis to support 5,000 families of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Sri Lanka for 24 months.

· Revised Emergency Appeal: This was launched on 8 July 2011 for CHF 6.1 million to support to assist 7,000 families (35,000 people) for 36 months.

· 2nd Revised Emergency Appeal: This was launched on 20 September 2012 for CHF 23.3 million in cash, kind, or services to support to assist at least 20,000 families (100,000 people) for 67 months with expected completion by end of October 2015. A Final Report will be made available by January 2016 (three months after the end of the operation). The revised appeal looking forward to;

a. Fulfil existing funding gap - In order to be in line with the Government directive, Red Cross Post Conflict Recovery Programme (RC PCRP) increased the value of the housing grant per beneficiary family from LKR 360,000 to LKR 550,000 while keeping the number of instalments and works to be carried unchanged.

b. Provide same integrated package to the families under Indian Housing project (IHP) – The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), with Sri Lanka Red Cross Society (SLRCS) as its implementing partner, is executing construction and repair of 16,800 houses with water and sanitation facilities under IHP funded by the Government of India (GoI). Additional funds are required to ensure the same integrated package under the standardised RC PCRP to these 16,800 families.

c. Fulfil unmet needs – After three years since the end of the conflict, there remains a huge gap and unmet needs of the communities who are being resettled, mainly shelter, water and sanitation, health and care, and community infrastructure.

d. Extend present software programme – The current activities with civil society through the existing ‘Volunteers in Action (VIA)’ programme is being extended to all districts in the north.


RC PCRP in Sri Lanka, which is being implemented by SLRCS since April 2010, having a partnership with IFRC and other Red Cross and non Red Cross partners. It primarily supports people who have been displaced due to the conflict and resettled at present. The entire programme follows the owner-driven approach and direct-beneficiary cash transfer mechanism, in order to empower beneficiaries and improve the sense of community ownership. Construction of new houses and repairing damaged houses is the key constituent of the programme, while other components (water and sanitation, livelihoods, health care, disaster management, organizational development and community infrastructures) complement the sustainability and the resilience of the community.

With the latest revision of the Emergency Appeal, number of benefitting families increased significantly, targeting 20,000 families in the north by strengthening the shelter and livelihood components and socio-economic infrastructure in a more efficient and effective manner, while adhering to the same framework of the existing operation. The budget has been increased from CHF 6.1 million to CHF 23.3 million and the operation was extended by 31 months with expected completion by end of October 2015.

Shelter programme under the Emergency Appeal will benefit a total of 1,359 families. During the reporting period, 484 houses were completed, 849 houses are in progress and the rest is expected to commence soon. Three projects are ongoing in Krishnapuram, Ampalkulam and Selvanagar GN[1] divisions in Kilinochchi under community infrastructure. Water and sanitation (WatSan) activities are being implemented in conjunction with shelter component whereby 818 families (60 per cent) are implementing the activities. Upon successful submission of livelihood proposals, 1,205 families (88 per cent) received the 1st instalment, while 978 families (72 per cent) received both the 1st and 2nd instalments. Furthermore, health, disaster management and organizational development workshops were carried out under VIA programme.